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  • Here's A Retrobird Speculator That Likely Had A Big Return On Their Investment

    Now this is decent profit:

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Beanstalk-G...AAOSw~65cjpw C
    19 years, 168K miles, 48 States X 2 & DC, 9 Canadian provinces, 8 European countries, 3 Caribbean Islands, 3 Hawaiian Islands, 100+ National Park locations, 150+ T-bird events, 190+ retrobird diecasts/models, 13 TOTM pics & some very special friends...THANKS TBN !

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    Wow... I'd love to know the back story on that sale, from sellers handle and number of diecasts for sale, that's his business. I wonder if he bought large quantities of factory closeouts. This should be on the Diecast thread...
    Quickdraw
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    • #3
      The better question (for me) is why? I guess I just donít get the whole diecast thing.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Quickdraw View Post
        This should be on the Diecast thread...
        The diecast threads have been wiped out. It never made sense that the diecast forum was only in the classified section anyway. While getting rid of old classified ads didn't hurt anything, wiping out all of the historical information did. Unfortunately, I didn't have it backed up, so it is lost forever (frankly, I don't have the energy to recreate it). Therefore, I'm only going to use the diecast forum for classified ads or links to active eBay sales.

        19 years, 168K miles, 48 States X 2 & DC, 9 Canadian provinces, 8 European countries, 3 Caribbean Islands, 3 Hawaiian Islands, 100+ National Park locations, 150+ T-bird events, 190+ retrobird diecasts/models, 13 TOTM pics & some very special friends...THANKS TBN !

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        • #5
          Originally posted by 007Cruiser View Post
          The better question (for me) is why? I guess I just donít get the whole diecast thing.
          Diecast collecting is probably one of the largest hobbies in the world. Those involved range from addicts (probably less destructive than drugs, alcohol or gambling) to folks that just want a model of the car they own. While we don't really know the number of Merlot diecasts made, odds are there are more 1:1 Merlot retrobirds than there are diecasts since it was one of the most popular colors produced. So, it turns into Economics 101 - low supply vs. large demand = higher purchase price.
          19 years, 168K miles, 48 States X 2 & DC, 9 Canadian provinces, 8 European countries, 3 Caribbean Islands, 3 Hawaiian Islands, 100+ National Park locations, 150+ T-bird events, 190+ retrobird diecasts/models, 13 TOTM pics & some very special friends...THANKS TBN !

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          • #6
            I guess I am one then as I have a 007. I had no idea that the hobby was that large. Never knew anyone into it.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by 007Cruiser View Post
              ....... I had no idea that the hobby was that large. Never knew anyone into it.
              Understandable, after all, you've only been a member since 2004. Probably missed the 10,000+ posts about diecasts...

              Bird is the word.....
              Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin to slit throats. H. L. Mencken US editor (1880 - 1956)

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              • #8
                Originally posted by RustyFrye View Post

                Understandable, after all, you've only been a member since 2004. Probably missed the 10,000+ posts about diecasts...
                Excellent point. To clarify, I had never known of any collectors prior to TBN. I had stopped playing with toy cars long before that.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by 007Cruiser View Post
                  I guess I am one then as I have a 007. I had no idea that the hobby was that large. Never knew anyone into it.
                  Interestingly, while your 007 car is pretty rare with only 700 made, there are literally thousands of 007 diecast versions available. Two different companies did them in the 1:43 scale and another did it in 1:18. Needless to say, they can be had for reasonable prices any day of the week. I think the 1:18 scale Beanstalk 007 production model with the white top (limited edition of 5000 - so not that limited) is the most accurate portrayal and nicest presentation of the 1:1 version of any retrobird diecast. Ha, owning one will save you a trip to the garage to put a retrobird smile on your face.
                  19 years, 168K miles, 48 States X 2 & DC, 9 Canadian provinces, 8 European countries, 3 Caribbean Islands, 3 Hawaiian Islands, 100+ National Park locations, 150+ T-bird events, 190+ retrobird diecasts/models, 13 TOTM pics & some very special friends...THANKS TBN !

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by 007Cruiser View Post

                    Excellent point. To clarify, I had never known of any collectors prior to TBN. I had stopped playing with toy cars long before that.
                    I've collected Volkswagen dealer memorabilia and toys since 1974 when I was 10 years old. Was always fascinated by the Beetle. Matter of fact, I still own a white Matchbox Beetle I received as a gift for Christmas 1969.

                    One of the most popular diecast cars collected at Hot Wheels. Introduced in 1967, they're beautiful little cars and have always managed to stay around a buck or not much more.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by 2K2BIRD View Post

                      Interestingly, while your 007 car is pretty rare with only 700 made, there are literally thousands of 007 diecast versions available. Two different companies did them in the 1:43 scale and another did it in 1:18. Needless to say, they can be had for reasonable prices any day of the week. I think the 1:18 scale Beanstalk 007 production model with the white top (limited edition of 5000 - so not that limited) is the most accurate portrayal and nicest presentation of the 1:1 version of any retrobird diecast. Ha, owning one will save you a trip to the garage to put a retrobird smile on your face.
                      Having trouble communicating today. I meant to say that I have a 007 diecast along with the car. No idea about the maker. Itís 1:18 scale with a Coral hardtop. Dealer threw it in with my deal.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by 007Cruiser View Post

                        Having trouble communicating today. I meant to say that I have a 007 diecast along with the car. No idea about the maker. Itís 1:18 scale with a Coral hardtop.
                        It's a Beanstalk. Coral roof is the movie version - as driven by Jinx (Halle Berry). The one in the movie was a repainted 2002.
                        19 years, 168K miles, 48 States X 2 & DC, 9 Canadian provinces, 8 European countries, 3 Caribbean Islands, 3 Hawaiian Islands, 100+ National Park locations, 150+ T-bird events, 190+ retrobird diecasts/models, 13 TOTM pics & some very special friends...THANKS TBN !

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                        • #13
                          Ron has 12 Full size Thunderbirds, but he has many more diecasts. He has a few 1955 and 1956 Ford Crown Victoria diecasts too. I still think those were awesome looking Fords!
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by 2K2BIRD View Post

                            The diecast threads have been wiped out. It never made sense that the diecast forum was only in the classified section anyway. While getting rid of old classified ads didn't hurt anything, wiping out all of the historical information did. Unfortunately, I didn't have it backed up, so it is lost forever (frankly, I don't have the energy to recreate it). Therefore, I'm only going to use the diecast forum for classified ads or links to active eBay sales.
                            and I agree with Paul.
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                            • #15
                              I won this one on auction yesterday 1:87
                              5$ was the price
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                              I Started out with nothing and I still got most of it left

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